ACTION ALERT 6/8/17: Tell Congress to Protect Social Science Funding
Why get involved in advocacy?
COSSA works hard every day to communicate the importance of social and behavioral science research to policymakers. But ultimately, the most powerful stories come from people who can speak from experience about what it is like to apply for a federal grant, conduct research, or watch as their findings reach (or fail to reach) a broader audience.
In a survey conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation, 94 percent of Congressional staff said that constituent visits have “some” or “a lot” of influence on an undecided Member of Congress—more than any other strategy for communicating with Congress. And social and behavioral scientists are not just any constituents—they bring invaluable expertise on a wealth of important issues facing our nation.
Educating policymakers about social and behavioral science research—and its contributions to sound public policy—is especially important because these sciences are not always well understood on Capitol Hill or in some federal agencies.
Watch Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) issue a statement on the House floor thanking COSSA advocates for their support of social and behavioral science (March 29, 2017):
Find your Member of Congress.
Once you have identified your delegation, you can do a little background research to aid in your advocacy efforts. You might want to find out what committees and subcommittees they serve on or if they belong to any relevant caucuses (informal groups of Members formed around issues of mutual interest). Each Member of Congress maintains a website where you can find detailed information on their legislative priorities and policy positions.
Subscribe to COSSA’s Advocacy list to be alerted to opportunities to take action in support of social and behavioral science.
Ways to Get Involved
Respond to an Action Alert.
ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect Social Science Funding
ACTION ALERT: Humanities Action Center (via the National Humanities Alliance)
ACTION ALERT: Be a Force for Science (via AAAS)
ACTION ALERT: Support Native American Language Revitalization (via the Linguistic Society of America)
COSSA’S Advocacy Resources
- Advocacy Handbook
This handbook is intended to provide COSSA members with an introduction to the federal policymaking process and offer basics and best practices for advocating for the social and behavioral sciences.
- State-by-State Funding Fact Sheets
These double-sided fact sheets showcase the amount of federal social science research funding goes to each state, and includes information on the leading recipient institutions and sources of funding. They are helpful for articulating to policy makers the local economic impact of social science research funding.
- Recommendations to the Trump Administration
This report to the Trump Administration, Social and Behavioral Science Research: Essential to keeping America competitive, prosperous, and safe outlines ten policy steps that the Administration can take to support the U.S. research enterprise and use social science research in support of evidence-based policy making.
- DID YOU KNOW? Fact Sheet
This one-page fact sheet discusses some timely examples of the contributions research in the social and behavioral sciences have made to improving our lives.
- 2017 Legislative Agenda for Social and Behavioral Science Research
This brief document outlines COSSA’s top 4 policy priorities for 2017.
- FY 2018 One Pagers
These three documents include details on COSSA’s “asks” for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS); Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-HHS); and Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration appropriations bills.
- 2017 Social Science Advocacy Day FY 2018 Talking Points
A sample script for a meeting with details on COSSA’s FY 2018 priorities.